BRATT HAPPY WITH VALENCIA F1 SUPPORT PREPARATIONS Will Bratt is confident he will have the pace to qualify strongly ahead of Sunday's ninth round of the FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship at Valencia Street Circuit after posting the fifth...
BRATT HAPPY WITH VALENCIA F1 SUPPORT PREPARATIONS
Will Bratt is confident he will have the pace to qualify strongly ahead of Sunday's ninth round of the FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship at Valencia Street Circuit after posting the fifth fastest time during pre-event practice this afternoon, Friday, 22nd August.
Racing this weekend in support of the FIA Formula One World Championship's European Grand Prix at Spain's awesome new venue, the Banbury-based 20-year-old lapped the track during today's F3 test session with a time of 2m 05.4 seconds.
On course to lap much quicker on his final run, the EmiliodeVillota.com Motorsport racer had to overtake slower traffic and was also baulked at one stage which cost him vital 10ths of a second. Bearing that in mind, concluding the 30-minute session just half a second shy of the best time has given Will a positive start to the most important weekend of his career.
"I'm reasonably happy with our performance today", commented Will, "I was on a quicker lap but had to pass other cars and also got blocked a little so to end the session inside the top five isn't bad at all. We're not 100 per cent happy with the set-up yet but I'm confident everything will be how we want it for qualifying tomorrow morning.
"The main thing today is we came through the practice session without any problems, the time was less critical really but we're certainly in good shape to challenge tomorrow for a top grid slot. We can definitely do better but we're certainly on the right path."
Will, of course, actually holds the Formula 3 lap record at Valencia Street Circuit having produced a superb time of 2m 04.788s seconds (156.249km/h) during round seven of the Spanish F3 season at the end of July. Therefore, he remains confident he will be able to find much more time from his car as the weekend progresses.
Qualifying for the European Grand Prix supporting ninth round of the 2008 FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship is timetabled to take place at 09.30 (local time) tomorrow morning, Saturday, 23rd August. The race itself, which will be contested over 10 laps or to a maximum duration of 25 minutes, will begin at 08.30 on Sunday morning, 24th August.